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How Amazon and Target’s Net-Zero Ambitions Stack Up

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As Target completes the finishing touches on its net-zero energy store in Vista, Calif., Amazon is seeking to become the first grocery store to receive net-zero carbon certification from the International Living Future Institute for its recently opened Amazon Fresh location in 13201 Aurora Ave. N in Seattle.

The 35,000 square foot store, which is the 26th Amazon Fresh location in the country, features more than a dozen store design upgrades that the Seattle-based company says will save nearly 185 tons of CO2 each year compared to an ordinary grocery industry. Among these improvements:

  • Free charging stations for electric vehicles for customers.
  • Low carbon concrete floor to reduce emissions.
  • Electric kitchens and water heaters to eliminate the need for burning fossil fuels in the store.
  • Added doors to most refrigeration cabinets to reduce energy consumption.
  • A CO2-based central refrigeration system that reduces carbon emissions from leaks by 38 metric tons per year.

Some upgrades, such as low-carbon concrete floors, will be used in all Amazon Fresh grocery stores going forward, Amazon said.

“We are constantly thinking about what we can do to make the shopping experience for customers easier, more transparent and more sustainable,” said Stephenie Landry, vice president of Amazon grocery. “We know that many customers prioritize sustainability in the products they buy and where they choose to shop. With our new Amazon Fresh store, we are taking another step on our path to becoming a business from scratch. carbon by 2040, and we invite customers to experience it firsthand when they shop with us at this store.

The store is a milestone in fulfilling Amazon’s climate pledge, which Amazon co-founded in 2019 with Global Optimism and calls on signatories to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040, 10 years before the target set in the Paris Agreement. Shoppers at the Seattle store will also be able to purchase a variety of climate-friendly products in-store, ranging from groceries to household cleaning and beauty products. Recently launched fresh plant-based products, including dairy and meat alternatives, are also available.

Similarly, Minneapolis-based Target, through its Target Forward sustainability strategy, aims to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions across all stores and facilities by 2040, and has stated that since 2017 , it reduced emissions from its direct operations by almost 27%.

And like the Seattle Amazon Fresh store, Target’s net zero location in Vista will use CO2-based refrigeration, which Target will roll out across the chain by 2040. The store is also emphasizing solar power, with 3,420 solar panels on the roof and the new carport awnings which Target says will produce up to 10% more energy. The store’s HVAC heating will also be powered by the roof’s solar panels and not by natural gas.

“We have worked for years at Target to shift to renewable energy sourcing and further reduce our carbon footprint, and the renovation of our Vista store is the next step in our journey towards sustainability and a glimpse into the future towards which we work,” said John Conlin, SVP of Properties for Target. “Our new stores and renovation programs are designed to help us achieve our sustainability goals as we test, learn and adapt our innovations over time across all of our operations.”